first_img“What we had was damage to an insulator and some cut-outs, and an arrestor,” says Gammer. “That kind of damage, it kind of has the hallmarks of a lighting strike so this is why – I mean we can’t say because we didn’t see it happen, but it looks like it was damage from the lightning.”The two top causes for a power outage, according to Gammer, are adverse weather and fallen trees.“This is where we get the bulk of our outages.”- Advertisement -Some areas around town seem to get hit more frequently than others – something Gammer attributes to its proximity of the closet substation. In Fort St. John, that’s located on the Alaska Highway near 86 Street.“As you get farther and farther out, there’s more and more likelihood that things could happen along the line – whether it’s tree contact or high-winds causing the phases of the line to touch together,” explains Gammer. “When you’re at the very end of the line, you’ve got that much more opportunity for things to be impacting the line along the way, and that people at the very end will feel all of it.”Gammer says upgraded technology allows B.C. Hydro to continue mitigating the amount of people affected by circuit disturbances.Advertisement “For example, with the work that we did this morning, our crews were able to sectionalize the lines so that they can reduce the number affected down to a smaller number just around the problem area,” says Gammer. “That’s an improvement that some years ago, that wasn’t on that line – they didn’t have the switching capability to do that.”At the peak of this morning’s outage, around 4:13 a.m., about 2,453 customers were without power.Power was fully restored a little over three hours later at 7:41 a.m.last_img read more